By: Eddie Makuch, News Editor @ GameSpot
The premium bundle includes access to the War Games map pack, which includes nine new environments spread across three future multiplayer add-ons. A release schedule for the map packs will be unveiled at a later date.
Microsoft did not say if these maps will be exclusive to the Halo 4 Limited Edition, and as of press time, the publisher had not responded to GameSpot’s request for comment.
Additionally, the Halo 4 Limited Edition grants gamers early access to six specializations, which unlock additional customization options. The six specializations available in the Halo 4 Limited Edition will be made available at a later date to all gamers.
On top of that, the Halo 4 Limited Edition packs in the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armor customization diagram, a blueprint of the Infinity ship, and additional “insight” into what it means to be a Spartan-IV soldier.
The premiums don’t end there. The Halo 4 Limited Edition also includes various digital content offerings delivered through Xbox Live, as well as the special edition of upcoming 90-minute live-action film Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
On top of announcing the Halo 4 Limited Edition, Microsoft today also formally took the wraps off Halo 4’s Spartan Ops offering. This mode will offer a weekly series of episodes through Xbox Live that tells the story of the UNSC Infinity and its crew after the events of Halo 4. The episodes will also introduces players to a new team of Spartans called Majestic Squad.
According to Microsoft, the episodes will provide a backdrop for the Spartan Ops game missions, which will also release on a weekly basis. Gamers can take on these objective-based missions either alone or with up to three friends. Further specifics were not offered.
Halo 4 is due for a worldwide release exclusively on the Xbox 360 on November 6. It is a sequel to 2007’s Halo 3, and takes place nearly five years after the events of that game. Halo 4 is currently in development at Microsoft’s new Halo label 343 Industries, the shop that recently took over for series creator Bungie.